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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard the Great
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453628487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453628485
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,559,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderfully written side story to the Arthurian legend with never-considered twists, fun details and tremendous heart. Leonard is a marvelous hero-in-the-making and Mantooth is the first dragon in a long time who really deserves a hug." -- Carolyn Hennesy, Author of the Pandora series

"Dragonfriend starts with a chuckle then quickly develops into a brave quest, climaxing in a truly epic battle between knights, dragons and fiends from Hell. Honestly, what more could you want?" -- Keith Robinson, Author of the Island of Fog Series


"... a smart, sassy tale of knights and dragons that rockets the entire clanky genre into the 21st Century for savvy (and perhaps a little jaded) readers. -- Steve Kaye, Author of Valley of Hate by Clay Burnham

About the Author

Roger Eschbacher is a professional television animation writer who's worked for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He's also written two children's picture books, "Road Trip", and "Nonsense! He Yelled," both for Dial Books.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in California with his family and a crazy dog named Lizzy.

More About the Author

Roger Eschbacher is an Emmy Award nominated television animation writer who's worked for Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, The Hub, and Cartoon Network.

In addition to "Dragonfriend," his debut middle-grade fantasy adventure novel, he's also written two children's picture books, "Road Trip," and "Nonsense! He Yelled," both for Penguin.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in California with his family and two crazy Border Terriers.

To learn more about what Roger is up to, please visit www.rogereschbacher.com.

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This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure!
heather sutherlin
This is a wonderful story with interesting twists on details of the Arthurian legend.
Katharina Gerlach (Indie Autorin)
A wonderfully fun and imaginative book that is perfect for kids and adults.
John Hartnett

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By heather sutherlin on June 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Marvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher! This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure! Although he begins with a well-known legend in the form of Camelot, the author takes the reader into a whole new realm of creatures and magic we have not seen before. Even some of the most vicious creatures are creative and endearing in this version of the fabled kingdom.

I know boys and girls alike will find this story fascinating and fun. My daughter might complain that it gets a bit "yucky" during the battle scenes, but not more than would cause any normal fifth grade boy to yell out "cool!" as he reads through it. In turn, the boy in my house might not appreciate the innocent crush Leonard has on Maiden Glennys, but my daughter will eat it up. A marvelous balance that is hard to create as an author and I believe Eschbacher has done it superbly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ann on June 16, 2012
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What a fun read! Camelot is no longer just about King Arthur his knights and Merlin. There is a new hero in town. Leonard is a bright young boy who who ends up on a quest full of adventure, humor, a little gore and just a touch of romance. He is mature in a lot of respects but there are several instances (funny and sad) that remind us that he is just a kid. From fairies to the creatures from the underworld, the array of mythical beasts is great. I grew attach to Leonard and can't wait for the next book. Though this is a juvenile book that would attract both boys and girls, I highly recommend it for us big kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katharina Gerlach (Indie Autorin) on May 21, 2012
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This is a wonderful story with interesting twists on details of the Arthurian legend. Leonard was adventurous without being too brave. Even when his plans didn't turn out the way he had thought, he got back up and tried something new. The only problem was that the story was aimed at middle grade readers in the beginning but at slightly older readers once Leonard entered the magic forest. The tone of the story changed from a humorous one to a much darker, more serious one. This did not stop me from enjoying the novel but might be of interest to other readers. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Robinson on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
At first the narrative has an omnipresent laugh-out-loud Douglas Adams feel to it as the author introduces our characters and setting. Then we're firmly in the head of a young page named Leonard as he sets about trying to help his master, Sir Ronald, become a "proper" knight. How? By setting up a slam-dunk dragon kill for him, one that even Sir Ronald can't mess up. It's a win-win situation, for the dragon in question is depressed and wants to off himself. Unfortunately, it all goes wrong, and so begins an earnest quest that puts young Leonard in all sorts of danger.

The good guys and bad guys are very well written, and there's a cute love interest in the form of Maid Glennys. A quarter of the way into the book I was firmly (and quite happily) under the impression it was going to be a light and "young" read, what with comical knights and talkative dragons. But underneath the sparkling magic and humorous storytelling is a lot of dust, dirt and grime, as well as a surprising level of violence that makes this a thumping good read for older children and adults alike. The amount of "gore" won't give anyone nightmares by any stretch of the imagination, but it's graphic enough to elevate this book to a slightly higher maturity rating, perhaps a PG-13 rather than a G. Swords flash and body parts (of nasty beasts) are sliced off; the worst is perhaps the idea of hellhounds being cut into many parts so they can't reanimate. It successfully gives the various battle scenes a sense of "grim and real" rather than "squeaky clean Disney pantomime."

Overall, the story is well-paced and steers toward a largely but pleasantly predictable conclusion in the way that all epic fantasy quests should. You don't know how Leonard is going to get there, only that he will. And he does, of course. The ending is happy tinged with sadness, and entirely satisfying for the reader.

The author is working on Book 2 of the series, GIANT KILLER. I can't wait! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bury on November 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Leonard the Great, Book One: Dragonfriend, has everything a middle-grade Arthurian fantasy needs: magic, romance, action, sword-fighting, a princess, monsters, lots of dragons and, the most important item of all, a regular kid who makes good.

Leonard is a simple page, serving the worst knight in the kingdom, Sir Ronald the Mediocre. When Leonard finds a depressed dragon, he devises a brilliant plan that will make his master famous for his bravery and skill in battle. Like all brilliant plans hatched by teenage boys, it goes spectacularly awry. From that point, the pace never lets up as Leonard finds he not only has to rescue the hapless Sir Ronald, he must pass through a dangerous enchanted forest to the home of the dragons to execute another brilliant plan that will save Camelot. Or destroy it.

Dragonfriend plays with all the conventions of the Arthurian fantasy, and Eschbacher does it skillfully and with a lot of humour. I found myself smiling and laughing, when I wasn't on the edge of my seat. The characters were vividly drawn and rang absolutely true. We've all met these people in our own lives.

It's a quick, easy and enjoyable ride, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Leonard the Great saga.
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